Germany announces lock down for Unvaccinated and could soon make shots mandatory, as Covid surges in Europe

The following is an article written by Robert Hart, Forbes Staff Writer published in Forbes on Thursday December 2, 2021

Germany announced a series of tough new restrictions targeting people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, the latest country to crackdown on vaccine holdouts to combat soaring coronavirus cases and ease the burden on overwhelmed hospitals. 

The new restrictions will mean unvaccinated people are barred from almost all businesses and public spaces, Merkel announced, citing Germany’s “very serious” coronavirus situation as an explanation for the new measures. 

There will also be caps on the numbers of people who can attend indoor venues like nightclubs. 

Vaccination could become compulsory from February, Merkel said, pending approval from Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag. 

Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz met with the heads of Germany’s 16 states Thursday to discuss new measures to combat the new wave of coronavirus tearing through the country

Mandatory shots have been a heated point of discussion in Germany ever since its southern neighbor Austria announced plans to require the shot in all adults, joining just a handful of countries around the world to do so. While Merkel repeatedly pushed back against mandating the shot during her time in office—preferring education and awareness over coercion—she has reportedly changed her mind and said she would vote for the measure if she were a member of parliament.

Scholz has been more vocal in his support of the idea, telling local media the country’s high infection rate and relatively low vaccination rate warrants tougher measures. He said he will support a mandate but “will allow members of parliament a free vote”.


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